Religion Book Reviews (page 176)

Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Nonetheless, an important book, likely to generate intense discussion."
Furious blast at anti-Semitism and the liberals who tolerate it. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"A feast of good feelings: a Catholic Garrison Keillor, with less literary polish but just as much soul."
Warm tales of Catholic childhood by a professional storyteller. Read full book review >

THE ISLAMIC THREAT by John L. Esposito
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A much-needed and highly accessible account of an ancient and widespread culture too often presented only in terms of villainous stereotypes."
Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The delivery is gentle, the message upbeat, the aftereffects nil: fizzy spiritual snacks that evanesce in memory."
In the Robert Fulghum tradition but without the Fulghum bite, 52 little essays on life's little wonders, by a rabbi from Westchester, New York. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Berry, a New Orleans journalist, tips over a religious rock and finds a nest of corruption, deceit, and despair. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"In any case, a moral call to arms, trumpeted with spirit."
A Catholic priest sets out to explain that the union of a free society and a free-market economy is not a shotgun wedding but a marriage made in heaven. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An appealing, if hyped-up, primer for grass-roots social and moral renewal. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
How a community inspired by faith can combat crack use, sexual abuse, and other social woes, by the ``Minister of Liberation'' of San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"It's debatable whether Akenson's concept of resurgent Old Testament behavior is more theory than reality—his idea that Israel will move ever closer to the covenanting pattern seems confounded by the recent elections—but the author's sweep and grasp are impressive."
Bold, often brilliant, but perhaps strained attempt by Akenson (History/Queen's Univ.) to trace how ancient Hebrew scriptures have ``formed the fundamental pattern of mind of the three societies'' of South Africa, Israel, and Northern Ireland. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"The extensive notes and bibliography help document shifting attitudes toward romance and marriage, but a topic like this deserves a little passion."
A scholarly study of Jewish sexuality that is neither sexy nor particularly Jewish. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"As such, far more valuable than recent agitprop on similar topics, such as Sherry Anderson and Patricia Hopkins's The Feminine Face of God (1991)."
A smooth weave of oral histories and scholarly analysis that shows that Catholic women are just like everyone else. Read full book review >
THE TE OF PIGLET by Benjamin Hoff
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"Piglet bring home the bacon. (Illustrated with 51 line drawings from the original Pooh books. However did they dare?)"
Ten years later, a sequel to the runaway bestseller The Tao of Pooh. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Deftly mixing history, countless interviews, and an analysis of recent events country by country, this is a valuable resource for those interested in what the future might hold for Eastern Europe and the Jews who choose to stay there. (Photo insert—not seen.)"
An astute, challenging assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Jewish communities formerly behind the Iron Curtain, by Jerusalem journalist/sociologist Hoffman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >